European Day of Parks – celebrate #OurNaturalTreasures

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The European day of Parks is now just a couple of days away. However, the celebration is beginning before the 24th of May and it lasts much longer than that too, as it should. We are all proud of #OurNaturalTreasures and it is only fair to celebrate them as much as we can. Therefore, the celebration can start! Slovenia, Italy, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, and Israel have prepared amazing events and are waiting for you to join them!

Organise your event!

In case you haven’t yet organised and registered your event – it is still not too late! We invite all protected areas to organise events in and around the 24th of May!

You might set up a guided tour through your Park, a special wildlife watching programme or a night tour to observe the amazing night creatures! Get your Junior Rangers and Youth on board and make them lead the activities in your Park: they can tell your visitors all about a special species, monument or habitat.

Involve your local schools in handcraft activities, such as creating nests or feeding stations, creating sculptures of your main species or maquettes of the existing habitats. Preferably, you would take them out, plant trees, teach them how to identify mammals footprints and drops, or how to identify birds by their singing. There is a whole set of activities you can organise in your Park to invite your Community!

Once you have defined your events, don’t forget to register them here.

Download the official poster and web banners to promote your event in your languages.

Show that you are a part of the celebration on your social media!

Now you can show you are part of the #EuropeanDayofParks on your Facebook profile as well.

Apply our frame and include the official European Day of Parks logo on your profile picture!

Slovenia – 22 May 2019 – Exhibition of the Parks Dinarides

The exhibition “Nature connects us – Parks Dinarides” will be opened on May 22th in Triglav National Park ‘s information center in Bled (Infocenter Triglavska roža Bled), promoting protected areas that are part of the Parks Dinarides – Network of Protected Areas of Dinarides, which belong to the wider geographic area of the Adria region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
The visitors will be able to see the photos of the most beautiful natural scenes from Dinarides in information points around the Triglav National Park till the end of August 2019: Information center Dom Trenta, Infocenter Triglavska roža Bled, Zelena hiša TIC Kobarid and Slovene alpine museum in Mojstrana.
The exhibition will present natural and cultural values of protected areas of the Dinarides, and benefits to local communities because of nature protection.

More information about the event can be found here 

Italy – 22 May 2019 – CEETO Park Open Day

Ente di Gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversità – Delta del Po organised two guided visits to the Fossil Dunes of Massenzatica, ancient coastal dune cords that are now located in the hinterland because of the advancement towards the east of the coastline.

The visits are free and will be held at:
– 10.30
– 15.30

To take part in the free guided tours it is compulsory to book at [email protected]

More information about the event can be found here

Lithuania – 24 May 2019 – “Parnidis tour”

Curonian Spit National Park is taking you to the tour in Parnidis landscape reserve territory.

More information about the event can be found here

Hungary – 24 May 2019 – European Day of Park – Wildlife in the garden

The Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate would be delighted if you could join them for a pleasant walk to Csopak around the Dormouse Nature Trail. The Dormouse Nature Trail is located in Csopak at the headquarter of the Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate’s garden. The symbol of the path is a little rodent, who feels best in our loft and garden, the Dormouse.

This interactive and playful walk will present our environment and fauna, which surround us, even when we don’t notice it at all.
The Dormouse Nature Trail presents our brook’s clearness, 30 different types of woody and herbaceous plants. Furthermore, it gives you a glimpse of the Balaton Uplands’ 30 billion years of geological history. Seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs can also be found in the garden.

More information about the event can be found here

Poland – 24 May 2019 – Skarby natury w województwie lubuskim – Treasures of nature in the Lubuskie Voivodeship

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The team of Landscape Parks of the Lubusz Province (Barlinecko-Gorzowski Landscape Park )actively participates in the celebration of Landscape Parks Day and invites all nature lovers for a walk in search of nature’s treasures.
The event is addressed to people of all ages: children, teenagers, adults, seniors, and entire families.

More information about the event can be found here

Denmark – 26 May 2019 – Vadehavet i en kurv

Nationalpark Vadehavet invites to join a cultural nature tour along the coast of the Wadden Sea, where the cultural landscape and food are in focus.

More information about the event can be found here 

Sejltur med Æ Skiw

On the 26th of May, they have also organised a boat trip that you can join.

More information about the event can be found here

Czech Republic – 26 May 2019 – Excursion to spring nature

Landscape protected area Blaník is taking you to the excursion in nature.

From the House of nature, we will go through a mosaic of meadows and forests to the Křížov quarry and return to the valley of the brook Brodec.

Spring nature, plants, and animals will be presented to you by Ing. Mgr. Martin Klaudys.

We recommend hiking clothes and shoes. The event takes place in any weather, the terrain is more demanding.

More information about the event can be found here 

Israel – 28 May 2019 – Time For Time-out!

Ramat Hanadiv is kicking off the summer with an afternoon of sport, movement, and inspiration, and you’re invited to participate in an event dedicated entirely to health and relaxation in the open air, facing the sunset, with the blooming gardens in the background.
Ramat Hanadiv is happy to offer you a different afternoon experience of workshops in the relaxing and magical atmosphere of the Gardens.

More information about the event can be found here 

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

European Day of Parks – the journey continues

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As the European Day of Parks gets closer, the list of events celebrating #OurNaturalTreasures grows more and more! This time we are taking you to Lithuania, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Spain. We hope that amongst these wonderful events you will find at least one to attend or get inspired by. Celebrate with us!

Organise your event!

In case you haven’t yet organised and registered your event – it is still not too late! We invite all protected areas to organise events in and around the 24th of May!

You might set up a guided tour through your Park, a special wildlife watching programme or a night tour to observe the amazing night creatures! Get your Junior Rangers and Youth on board and make them lead the activities in your Park: they can tell your visitors all about a special species, monument or habitat.

Involve your local schools in handcraft activities, such as creating nests or feeding stations, creating sculptures of your main species or maquettes of the existing habitats. Preferably, you would take them out, plant trees, teach them how to identify mammals footprints and drops, or how to identify birds by their singing. There is a whole set of activities you can organise in your Park to invite your Community!

Once you have defined your events, don’t forget to register them here.

Download the official poster and web banners to promote your event in your languages.

Show that you are a part of the celebration on your social media!

Now you can show you are part of the #EuropeanDayofParks on your Facebook profile as well.

Apply our frame and include the official European Day of Parks logo on your profile picture!

Lithuania – 24 May 2019 – Colorful butterflies

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Curonian Spit National Park administration is organizing the educational activity for children – Colorful Butterflies. There you will find out the life cycle of butterflies, and all the types of butterflies that can be found in the park. During the workshop, children will be able to make their own butterfly wings.

More information about the event can be found here!

France – 24th & 25th of May 2019 – Ecrins de nature

Parc national des Ecrins has prepared two days to discover the biodiversity: a special day will be organised for schools and then another one for the general public, in connection with associations and the partners of the National park.

From Friday, May 24th, you will have the chance to look at the stars, insects, and moths, listen to bats and all night sounds.

On Saturday, May 25th, naturalist associations, the partners of the event and the team of the National Park will encourage you to explore the local natural resources and they will also share their discoveries with you. Hikes in mountain and nature, land-art, and exhibitions are just some of the activities and events planned.

More information about the event can be found here!

Hungary – 25 May 2019 – Bicycle tour on Bükk-Plateau

The Bükk National Park Directorate invites cyclist to take part in the guided tour to the Bükk Plateau the central part of the Bükk National Park to visit the valuable natural sites which were the main arguments for the declaration of the national park in 1977.
The tour goes through various landscapes (the open karst meadows, mountain beechwoods, the rocky forests of the southern edge of the plateau) where professionals of the National Park will talk about nature and wildlife management.
Participants can taste national parks’ products at the refreshing break stops!

More information about the event can be found here!

Italy – 25 May 2019 – The Natural Treasures of a Care Farm

La Fattoria Verde ONLUS prepared a day filled with various workshops for both adults and children, and of course all accessible also for disabled people. The workshops will be about nature, farm animals and (biodynamic) horticulture, but also about the wildlife on the farm. There is a sensorial garden. There will be the possibility to meet the farm animals in liberty and to really get in touch with them, on their terms. For a small contribution there will be available a simple lunch (only on reservation).

More information about the event can be found here!

Poland – 25 May 2019 – A rally “On the wildlife trails of forests and lakes”

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Landscape Parks of Iława Lakeland and Dylewo Hills has prepared an interesting rally with control points, where each team will have to solve a few puzzles about nature in the Park. This event is for families and schools.

More information about the event can be found here!

Spain – 25 May 2019 – Discovering de forest of Sant Joan de l’Erm in Alt Pirineu Natural Park

Discover and enjoy the forest of Sant Joan de l’Erm in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the largest one in Catalonia. Walk along the wooden walkway, which leads to the viewpoint while learning different aspects of this protected area through the elements you find on the way. You will enjoy this natural environment through all your senses. Activity is suitable for people with limited mobility.

More information about the event can be found here!

Check out other events organised in and around the European Day of Parks on the map!

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

European Day of Parks – Get inspired, get involved, celebrate Our Natural Treasures!

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European Day of Parks is just around the corner! So buckle up and let us take you on a journey across Europe for the best events organised in order to celebrate Our Natural Treasures – the main theme of this year’s European Day of Parks! It is a call to reconnect with nature, and to highlight the natural treasures that make your Park so special!

In case you haven’t yet organised and registered your event – it is still not too late! We invite all protected areas to organise events in and around the 24th of May!

You might set up a guided tour through your Park, a special wildlife watching programme or a night tour to observe the amazing night creatures! Get your Junior Rangers and Youth on board and make them lead the activities in your Park: they can tell your visitors all about a special species, monument or habitat.

Involve your local schools in handcraft activities, such as creating nests or feeding stations, creating sculptures of your main species or maquettes of the existing habitats. Preferably, you would take them out, plant trees, teach them how to identify mammals footprints and drops, or how to identify birds by their singing. There is a whole set of activities you can organise in your Park to invite your Community!

Once you have defined your events, don’t forget to register them here.

Download the official poster and web banners to promote your event in your languages.

Italy – PARCO SUD MILANO – May 24th, 2019 – Water Museum in the park

From the 18th to the 20th of May we organize visits to the PARCO SUD – SOUTH PARK of Milan and guided visits free of charge for families to the MAF Water Museum in the park.
You will be able to see installations made by artists from 34 States with the theme “Nature and Circular economy: Respect the Nature”
The guided tours will lead you through the area of the park in which the artists created their art with recycled materials.

On the 24th of May, we will also organize visits to the water plants inside the South park of Milano.

More information about the event can be found here!

Romania, Enduro Ranch – 24 May 2019 – Ziua Europeană a Parcurilor

Celebrate along with us the European Day of Parks, on the 24th of May.

They say that children are our future – that is why during this year’s European Day of Parks they are our honorary guests. We highly advise you to invite the youth to celebrate with us in #enduranch. Explore for free the only private nature park in Moldova Region. Your entrance ticket will be “paid” with a photo taken here on the day of the event. Capture the beauty of nature – it can be anything you like: animals, flowers or anything else that might catch your eye.

PROGRAMME: FRIDAY 24th of May between 13:00 – 19:00!

Don’t be afraid of nature. Teach your children about our Natural Treasures and you will have a healthy future! #enduranchwelcome

More information about the event can be found here!

Slovenia – Goričko Nature Park – 25 May 2019 – Hiking along the border Slovenia-Austria

If you want to celebrate this European Day of Parks in nature, Goričko Nature Park has prepared a perfect event for you. Join the 10 km long hike along the Slovenia-Austria border.

More about the event can be found here!

The Netherlands –  Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe – May 26th, 2019 – Vroege Vogelconcert

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Enjoy the natural treasures of De Hoge Veluwe National Park, and listen to a unique Early Bird open-air concert. Extra early, so that the music of Trio Cortena merges with the singing of the birds in the Park.

This special concert is held at the foundations of the never-completed Grote Museum, at the foot of the Franse Berg. In combination with the singing of hundreds of birds, this Early Bird Concert promises to be an extraordinary experience. Fold out the chair, get your blanket and enjoy.

More information about the event can be found here!

Check out other events organised in and around the European Day of Parks on the map!

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

Combating against invasive alien species in Central – and Eastern-Europe

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Article issued by Csaba Bereczki

Every year, the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship supports the work of young conservationist in protected areas across Europe. Csaba was one of the winners of the Scholarship in 2017.

 Invasive alien species are among the biggest threats to biodiversity, causing huge problems worldwide in nature conservation, forestry, agriculture, public health, and economy. Despite the fact that global knowledge is getting bigger and bigger every day about invasive alien species, new practices and techniques occur in mapping, monitoring and eradication, conservationist should improve their skills in order to act immediately and precisely for new challenges connected to newly occurring species, fast spreading of known species in order to protect the most sensitive native habitats and species, and eradicate invasive species.

Eradication of Heracleum sp. at Kiskunság National Park

Due to global climate change and international commerce the spread of invasive alien species is accelerating more and more. Thus, collecting information from similar habitats and sharing knowledge about best-practice methods of detection, mapping, monitoring, and eradication is essential in the effective and efficient combat against invasive alien species. It is also very important to make non-professional people understand the problem of invasive alien species and get them involved in the combat against them.

During the extraordinary opportunity provided by EUROPARC and Alfred Toepfer Foundation, I made a study tour through protected areas of Central- and Eastern-Europe in order to fulfill as many gaps in my knowledge considering the issues connected to invasive alien species and to help my organization in the combat against them.

The first station of my study tour was the Fertő-Hanság National Park Directorate, where I had the opportunity to get an insight into one of the most precise detection, mapping, and monitoring system, which would be applicable to my home organization after some slight modifications.

At the Kiskunság National Park Directorate, I gained general experiences about those IAS, which occur at Hortobágy National Park Directorate. These experiences will help to improve and adjust our recent practices in order to be more effective and efficient in the combat against IAS, especially against the tree of heaven.

Eradication of tree of heaven in the Kiskunság National Park

The experts of Biebrza National Park are very experienced in involving non-professional people (children, students, interns, tourists, locals, etc.) into the eradication measures they take against IAS. I had the opportunity to get involved one of these actions taken against IAS together with volunteers.

One of the most important and threatening IAS is black locust in Hungary. It was very important to gain as many information about this species as possible during the tour. The Podyjí National Park has a lot to work against black locust. During my visit, I met different eradication practices applied by the experts of Podyjí within different circumstances. It was very useful to compare the efficiency and effectiveness of all of these techniques, and all the bad and good examples.

In Thayatal National Park they introduced me to one of the most precise monitoring programmes.

The visit to Šumava National Park broadened my knowledge about IAS animals, especially about the different detection tools. Furthermore, the staff members introduced their relevant experiences about the Himalayan balsam and the garden lupine. The eradication measures I learned would be very important and useful in the near future because both species are about to spread quickly in Hungary.

In Croatia, with the help of the experts of Medvednica Nature Park, I broaden my knowledge about the black locust and different non-chemical, forest management techniques against them. This station of my tour was also very useful regarding the legislation and authorization processes.

The last station was the Bükk National Park Directorate. I learned here new mapping and monitoring practices, which are going to be used after modification at Hortobágy National Park Directorate, too.  Additionally, we compared our knowledge about IAS animals like spinycheek crayfish and invasive fish species. This part of my tour was very useful considering the way how I understand IAS because within certain circumstances species behave differently then we expect, like the case of European smoktree.

Dense smoke tree layer under open oak forest in Bükk National Park

The whole study tour did raise my attention (again) about the most important thing experts can do in their combat against IAS and that is (even though it sometimes seems hopeless), sharing their experiences and joining forces in order to help each other in every step of this combat: detection, mapping, monitoring, eradication and raising awareness.

Take a look at the short video summarizing main objectives, questions, and answers of the Report:

You can download the complete Study Tour Report here!